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Customize Voice Announcement Files

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:43 pm
by WCHija
Is there a way to create and load custom voice files? I have tried using .wav files and converting them using the voice management, but I keep getting error messages.

Re: Customize Voice Announcement Files

Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:18 am
by C17LVFD
Make sure the .wav file is less than 30kb's. Need to be 8-bit I believe. Astro25 CPS has a good tutorial on making them. Pretty straight forward but multiple steps.

Good luck,
Seth

Re: Customize Voice Announcement Files

Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:48 pm
by n1gtl
I use this site to create the custom channel announcements:

http://www.fromtexttospeech.com/

I save the .wav file then open it in a free program called Audacity and edit it to the required settings. 8000k, 16-bit mono PCM. It must be under 3 seconds. Then use the conversion utility in the CPS to create the Mototola specific files.

It takes a little time to figure it out but once you get it, you can make them fairly quickly.

Re: Customize Voice Announcement Files

Posted: Wed Nov 09, 2016 10:19 am
by WCHija
Thank you both!

Re: Customize Voice Announcement Files

Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:57 pm
by WCHija
This works like a charm! What a great way to customize the radio for the technically challenged.

Re: Customize Voice Announcement Files

Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:22 am
by crazyboy
One thing to add, if you use gold wave audio edit instead of audacity you can batch process the audio files instead of going 1 by 1. Much faster!

Re: Customize Voice Announcement Files

Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:23 am
by tuckerm
The site linked above no longer appears to be generating these files. Does anyone have an alternative?

Thanks.

Re: Customize Voice Announcement Files

Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:26 am
by jackhackett
tuckerm wrote:The site linked above no longer appears to be generating these files. Does anyone have an alternative?

Thanks.


Site appears to be working, but if you want a standalone alternative try this one:

http://portableapps.com/apps/accessibil ... a-portable

Re: Customize Voice Announcement Files

Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:20 am
by tuckerm
jackhackett wrote:
Site appears to be working, but if you want a standalone alternative try this one:

http://portableapps.com/apps/accessibil ... a-portable


The site is up, but every time I try to do a download I get a 404 error on it. It won't generate anything anymore. Thanks for your suggestion, I'll give it a whirl.

Re: Customize Voice Announcement Files

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:33 am
by KE4ZNR
Hey Tucker:
The site listed earlier:
http://www.fromtexttospeech.com/
Does work but you have to refresh the page after each created sound file. Just doing a backpage or clearing out the box will give you the error message.
I created several CA Files for APXs using the site yesterday with no issues. It does freak out a little from time to time but doing a page refresh has always made it work for me.
Hope this helps
Marshall KE4ZNR

Re: Customize Voice Announcement Files

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:17 am
by tuckerm
I just tried it again with Chrome and IE. I get to the Download audio file page and it will not play it. When I download it, Chrome fails with a No File, and IE says it couldn't be downloaded. Browsing to the link I get 404'd each time. It's odd. I

I found another site that I used for my G5 Channel announcement files so I'm set.

Re: Customize Voice Announcement Files

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:15 pm
by motorola_otaku
I use this site: http://www.wizzardsoftware.com/text-to-speech-sdk.php
It's not a straightforward process however... I use the "view page source" option in Chrome to bring up the network elements, and extract the .wav files from that.

Re: Customize Voice Announcement Files

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:20 am
by tuckerm
I ended up playing the file from the other site I found and used Audacity to record it coming off the soundcard. Pretty easy to setup Audacity to do that.